During the month of November, artist Soo Hong is in residence at Lakeside Upper School, working with students and visual arts faculty to create an exhibition titled “Rain Village.” As a piece of installation art, the project combines drawing, technology, sculpture, and community engagement.
All members of the Lakeside community are invited to view the exhibition between Wednesday, Nov. 20 through Wednesday, Nov. 27. Soo Hong will deliver an artist talk at a reception on Thursday, Nov. 21 during activity period (from 2:15-3:05 p.m.).
Artist Soo Hong was born in Seoul, Korea and now lives in Bellevue. During her early childhood – when she lived in the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom – she developed her visual sense as a way of understanding her surroundings. This eventually led her towards art and design. Now, working in 2D and 3D, she explores concepts of the environment, culture, identity, and her new home in the Pacific Northwest. Rain is the central theme, a graphic symbol representing lives and stories from individuals throughout the world, and their connection to place and the environment.
Between Nov. 5 through 19, Hong will use the Pigott Family Arts Center Gallery as her studio space, orchestrating a 96-foot-long mural drawing while painting large scale abstract paintings. Students are deeply involved in the project. Throughout the creative process, Hong is asking students to reflect on their ideas about home, the environment, and belonging as they draw raindrops. These drawings are printed on a 3D printer as sculptural objects and are part of the gallery installation.
“I’m excited for our students of different backgrounds to connect with her. It’s going to be a creative hive,” said visual arts faculty member Jacob Foran, who facilitated the residency.
The residency is funded by the Lakeside School Endowment for Land and People, which was established in 1998 and supports experiential education that focuses on the major issues confronting people and cultures and their relationship to the natural environment.
Soo Hong earned her master’s degree from Central Saint Martins, College of Art and Design in London. She has exhibited in New York, London, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and is the recipient of an Artists Trust 2019 GAP Grant Award. To see more of Soo Hong’s artwork, visit her website or view her work on Instagram @soohongartist, where you can also watch the progress of Rain Village.